Silver coin; Denomination: shilling (12 pence)
Royal Mint, London
George I (1714-1727)

The letters SSC on the reverse record that this coin was struck from silver supplied by the South Sea Company. The title Fidei Defensor abbreviated to F.D. (Defender of the Faith) occurs for the first time on the British coinage under George I. The abbreviated titles on the reverse expand to: Brunsvicensis et Lunenburgensis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurarius et Elector. These titles remain on the British coinage until the new coinage of 1816 under George III.

Obverse Description

Laureate and draped bust of George I facing right; around, GEORGIVS D G M BR FR ET HIB REX F D (translation: George I by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith).

Reverse Description

Four crowned shields, England and Scotland impaled, France, Ireland and the Dutchy of Brunswick and Luneburg, arranged in the form of a cross, in the centre, the Star of the Garter; in the angles SS C twice; around, BRVN ET L DVX S R I A TH ET EL 1723, the date is divided by a crown. (translation: Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg Archi-Thesaurius and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire)

Edge Description

diagonal milling, ///

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